We recognize that unexpected circumstances can arise, impacting your ability to cover college expenses. If you've experienced a change in financial circumstances since submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application, you may be eligible to file an appeal with Ventura College.

Here are some common scenarios where you might consider filing an appeal:

  1. Change in Income: If you or your parents have experienced a significant change in income since submitting your financial aid application.

  2. Additional Educational Expenses: You may have incurred one-time educational costs that were not initially accounted for in your financial aid budget.

  3. Housing Changes: If your housing situation has changed since you submitted your application, such as moving from on-campus housing to off-campus accommodation.

  4. Changes in Dependency Status: If your dependency status has changed due to extenuating circumstances.

  5. Deadline Extensions: In certain cases, deadlines for submitting documentation or appeals may be extended. Please refer to the Important Dates website for specific deadline dates.

The appeal evaluation process typically takes around two weeks. However, during peak processing times like the summer or the beginning of the semester, it may take longer for your appeal to be reviewed.

Upon completion of the review:

  • If your appeal is approved, you will receive a revised financial aid notification via email outlining any adjustments to your aid package.
  • If your appeal is not approved, you will receive a follow-up email explaining the reasons for the decision.

We encourage you to submit your appeal as early as possible, as some funding may be limited. Our goal is to assist you in navigating any changes to your financial circumstances and ensure that you have the support you need to continue your education successfully. If you have any questions or need assistance with the appeal process, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Financial Aid Office.

Types and Reasons for Appealing